A key collection of essays that looks at the specific issues related to the documentary form. Questions addressed include `What is documentary?' and `How fictional is nonfiction?'

chapter 1|11 pages


The Truth About Non-Fiction
ByMichael Renov

chapter 2|25 pages

Toward a Poetics of Documentary

ByMichael Renov

chapter 3|21 pages

The Documentary Film as Scientific Inscription

ByBrian Winston

chapter 4|32 pages

Document and Documentary

On the Persistence of Historical Concepts
ByPhilip Rosen

chapter 5|18 pages

The Totalizing Quest of Meaning*

ByTrinh T. Minhha

chapter 6|27 pages

Jargons of Authenticity (Three American Moments)

ByPaul Arthur

chapter 7|16 pages

Constantly Performing the Documentary

The Seductive Promise of Lightning Over Water
BySusan Scheibler

chapter 8|13 pages

(Not) Looking for Origins

Postmodernism, Documentary, and America
ByAna M. López

chapter 9|10 pages

Notes on AIDS and its Combatants

An Appreciation
ByBill Horrigan

chapter 10|18 pages

“Getting to Know You…”

Knowledge, Power, and the Body
ByBill Nichols